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Investment bank intern, 21, on £45,000 worked 'until 6am for three nights in a row' before he was found dead in his London flat
  • Moritz Erhardt had been interning with investment bank Merrill Lynch
  • Erhardt, from Germany and understood to have been studying at the University of Michigan, was found dead in his East London flat last week
  • 21-year-old had 'pulled all-nighters' during his summer internship
  • Summer interns are paid £45,000 a year pro rata for their work

By Christian Gysin, Claire Ellicott and Martin Robinson

PUBLISHED: 22:29, 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:27, 20 August 2013






'All-nighter': Moritz Erhardt, 21, had been working gruelling hours as an intern at an investment bank


A young student has died in mysterious circumstances while employed as an intern at a top investment bank – amid claims he was asked to work punishingly long hours.

The body of Moritz Erhardt was discovered on Thursday evening as he neared the end of a seven-week internship with the Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s investment bank division.

The 21-year-old – understood to be from Germany but studying at the University of Michigan – had joined Merrill Lynch earlier in the summer hoping to forge a career with the firm.

Paid interns at the bank normally earn £45,000 a year pro rata - around £2,700 a month.

Yesterday it was claimed Mr Erhardt may have suffered a fit or seizure. However internet forum users said he may have been working ‘all-nighters’ during his stay with the company.

Many banks are known to encourage their young students to work late into the night and in the past there have been claims those keen to impress have put in long hours with very little sleep.

On one site, called wallstreetoasis.com, many posters insisted Mr Erhardt regularly worked long hours and added: ‘One of the best interns at BAML – three all-nighters, didn’t turn up, colleagues went to find him.’

Mr Erhardt had been living in the Claredale House student accommodation flats in Bethnal Green, East London. The apartments are rented out to hundreds of interns during the summer months.

Another poster on the wallstreetoasis.com site added: ‘It is absolutely true – he was found dead in the shower by his flatmate. Intern at BAML who went home at 6am three days in a row.’


On Friday staff at the Claredale complex issued a statement to residents, part of which read: ‘Some of you might be aware that the emergency services were called to Claredale yesterday evening.

‘The reason for this is that we were made aware of an incident involving one of our residents. Sadly the resident concerned had passed away.

‘To avoid any rumours or misinformation, we would like to inform you all that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.’


Long hours: Mr Erhardt was near the end of his seven-week summer internship with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London when he died

In recent years interns have told of working long hours at investment banks.

One 20-year-old told London’s Evening Standard in 2011 that ‘you work whatever hours you’re  asked to’.

He added: ‘Every intern’s worst nightmare is what’s called “the Magic Roundabout” – which is when you get a taxi to drive you home at 7am and then it waits for you while you shower and change and then takes you back to the office.’

Another 24-year-old told the same newspaper: ‘About 100 hours a week was the minimum and the average was probably 110. I worked six-and-a-half days a week.’

A source at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Mr Erhardt had completed previous internships at other investment banks but could not confirm or deny claims he had worked exceptionally long hours.


Summer stay: Mr Erhardt, from Germany, had been staying at Claredale House in Bethnal Green, London, during his internship

However he insisted staff are given both ‘mentors’ and ‘buddies’ when they join the firm and are monitored by staff from the human resources department.

The source added Mr Erhardt was very well-liked by members of staff and there will now be a post mortem examination and inquest into his death.

A statement from BAML said: ‘We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Moritz Erhardt’s death.

'He was popular amongst his peers and was a highly diligent intern at our company with a promising future.

‘Our first thoughts are with his family and we send our condolences to them at this difficult time.’



very sad

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Disney child star Lee Thompson Young found dead at 29
_69384713_69384712.jpgYoung starred in three series of Rizzoli & Isles

US actor Lee Thompson Young, a former Disney child star, has been found dead at the age of 29.

Police in North Hollywood have not given an official cause of death, but Young's manager, Paul Baruch, said the actor "tragically took his own life".

Young rose to fame in the Disney series The Famous Jett Jackson, where he played a teenage secret agent.

More recently he portrayed a Boston police detective in the series Rizzoli & Isles.

"Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed," Baruch said.

"We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time."

The actor's body was found at his home by police on Monday morning after he failed to show up for work on Rizzoli & Isles, where he played Barry Frost, a bright but squeamish police detective.

'Cherished and remembered'

The show, which also stars The Sopranos actress Lorraine Bracco, has just been commissioned for another series.

"We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man," series producer Janet Tamaro said in a joint statement with the TNT network and Warner Bros.

"Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on and off screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace,"

The actor was born in South Carolina in 1984 and moved to New York aged 12, where he landed the lead role in The Famous Jett Jackson.

The Disney series, which ran for three series and was turned into a movie, was eventually cancelled in 2001.

Young went on to start opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the sports movie Friday Night Lights and Jamie Foxx in the made-for-TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.

In 2009, he guest-starred in the TV series Scrubs and he played a sensitive FBI agent in FlashForward.

Young also starred in the music video for the Sugababes single About A Girl.

Actor Donald Faison, who played Dr Chris Turk in Scrubs, lead tributes on Twitter saying: "This breaks my heart."

Singer Solange Knowles added: "Very very sad to hear about Lee Thompson Young. He was always very kind, and such a light."





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